KUKUP: Former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein today responded to Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call for voters in Tanjung Piai not to let their emotions get the better of them at the ballot box tomorrow, saying they will decide whether or not they are angry.
Speaking to reporters during a walkabout with Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate Wee Jeck Seng at a bus station here, the former defence minister said in the past, Pakatan Harapan (PH) had also antagonised the people against BN.
“What’s the difference with them before? Then, they would purposely play up (issues).
“I don’t deny maybe the BN government had our weaknesses and flaws. But when it is fanned, anger, hatred, and emotions determine the environment. Whether they are angry or not, only God knows.”
Mahathir, who is PH chairman, had advised voters to choose their elected representatives based on their ability to serve rather than their anger with the government.
Meanwhile, Hishammuddin voiced hope that outstation voters would return to vote in the by-election tomorrow.
He said the hard work the machinery had put into campaigning over the past two weeks would be meaningless if the people did not turn out to cast their ballots.
The Tanjung Piai by-election was triggered by the death of its incumbent, PPBM’s Dr Md Farid Md Rafik.
Tomorrow’s poll will see a six-cornered fight involving PH’s Karmaine Sardini, BN’s Wee, Wendy Subramaniam (Gerakan), Badhrulhisham Abdul Aziz (Berjasa) and two independents – Faridah Aryani Abd Ghaffar and Ang Chuan Lock.